We know that fourth grade is a time of growth and change. Students want support from peers rather than adults; expect their environment to be fair, honest, and just; seek independence; are highly active; can empathize and see perspectives; can think independently and critically; are influenced by peer standards; and need help building confidence.
We help our fourth graders learn and practice: actively engaging and sharing to understand perspectives and experiences of others; problem solving in various settings; mindful self-monitoring; using evidence to support ideas; working collaboratively on an academic goal; making connections between themselves and classroom content in order to assess decision making and outcomes; and building awareness of their strengths and weaknesses for self-empowerment.
Our Goals for Fourth Graders
Deepen their understanding of the writing process in various genres for many audiences and to engage their reader through more developed voice, word choice, and structure.
Explore California history with focus on developing awareness and understanding various perspectives of events and human experience.
Apply operations to various types of problems, review and practice new skills, deepen number sense, and explore and analyze the relationships and connections between various concepts through mathematical reflections.
Investigate, gather, and reflect on content across integrated subject areas and develop higher level comprehension and thinking skills while questioning, discussing, and responding to larger themes.
Use evidence from investigations to construct claims and explanations about electricity, magnetism, and energy sources. Cultivate problem solving and critical thinking skills by applying scientific ideas to design, test, and refine solutions to problems.
Continue to build vocabulary with an emphasis on adjectives and descriptive language. Reinforce authentic language skills with greater complexity and grammatical structures through conversation, storytelling, and skits.
Gain exposure to a wide variety of perspectives in literature, deepening the idea of literature as both windows and mirrors, and practice information literacy, media literacy, and digital citizenship skills.
Mature locomotor, non-locomotor, and specific manipulative skills (throwing, catching, striking); refine sport skills through individual, partner, and group activities; and take more of a leadership role in demonstrating teamwork, cooperation, sportsmanship, and fair play.
Expand singing and note reading capabilities, perform more complex ensemble music, be responsible for harmony parts in combined choir music, and analyze different genres of music at a deeper level.
Work independently through the process of art making, challenging themselves artistically and driving the process based on their artistic knowledge and interests.
Learn to follow the Design Thinking iterative process and use HTML code to create web pages that incorporate text, links, images, colors, and other formatting features.